The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was involved in what witnesses have described a “serious car crash”, after toppling his Land Rover near Sandringham Estate. It is believed that the incident happened shortly after 3pm on Thursday, emergency services were quickly called to the scene who closed the road off for a number of hours.
Buckingham Palace have said: “The Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road traffic accident with another vehicle this afternoon. The accident took place close to the Sandringham Estate.” The Prince was very shaken up by the incident, eye witnesses say he was “pale and dazed”. The Duke was heard shouting out “my legs, my legs”, as he was pulled from the car and seen to by members of the public.
Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said yesterday: “They will have to keep an eye on him overnight because the risk for this will be over the next 24 to 48 hours. This is not a minor event for a 97-year-old.” It has now brought into question if people of his age should be able to hold a valid driving license, numerous accidents and deaths are caused by unfit to drive elderly people every year.
It was agreed by doctors that Duke did not require hospital treatment and that the Queen and family would keep a close eye on him. Dr Scriven added: “Risks in any accident like this are concussion or even a subdural haematoma following a head injury. People suffering from subdural haematoma can become confused and sleepy.” He added: “If he wasn’t knocked out and there’s no obvious head trauma it is probably OK for him to stay at home and be monitored by the people who know him.”